OUR FAVORITE APPELLATION
Cotes du Rhone, our favorite appellation.
2017 KERMIT LYNCH $15 (organic)
Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, and Mourvèdre.
2017 DOMAINE LA MANARINE $15
The standard bearer of the domaine is the Côtes du Rhône Rouge produced from the younger (but not young) vines (average 35 years old) of the estate. This wine is 100% Grenache and produces a classically spicy, full-bodied wine that speaks clearly of the “garrigue” of the region. The grapes are destemmed before the fermentation and the cuvaison is on the order of three weeks duration. The wine is bottled without filtration after twenty to twenty-four months of “elevage”.
2017 DOMAINE GRAMEON “l’elementaire” $30
The gem of Kermit Lynch’s Cotes du Rhone lineup-extraordinary. The domaine bottles an AOC Vinsobres and a myriad of parcels of Côtes-du-Rhône located around the domaine. Though Michèle and Maxime continue to test the confines of the appellation, the cellars are unsurprisingly old-fashioned. The Laurents use gravity-fed cuves and age their wines in oak demi-muids and foudres. That they take such gutsy risks as bottling old-vine fruit with so little sulfur, without fining or filtration, only demonstrates the lengths they will go to in order to highlight the freshness, purity, and intoxicating aromas of their small, rare production.
2017 FERRATON & FILS COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES “Le Pain Dieu” $18
2016 LA BUISSONNE $11
Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, and Carignan. Belonging to Mr Paul Jourdan, the vineyard was created in 1865 but wine has been produced on this land since the Roman period. The estate covers 95 acres just South West of the village of Valréas and the vines are around 25 years old.
2017 DOMAINE LA TERRE LUNE $12
Dark Purple color. Medium Intensity, developing, black fruits, red fruits, spicy. Medium Bodied, dry, medium-high acidity, light tannin, moderate intensity, medium finish, raspberry, black pepper, mineral. Grenache, Syrah, and Cinsault